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The end of the journey for Bravo... but not the end of adventure...

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Still Heading South
Leaving Jacksonville

Wouldn’t you know... the day Chet and Lynette are scheduled to fly out, the weather and sea conditions finally turn favorable.  Catching the slack tide, we turn east and head offshore.  We quickly realize that other ships also want to take advantage of the improved conditions to head out to sea.



Did we mention that Mayport Naval Base is directly across the river from us?  Mayport is home to several aircraft carriers, destroyers, and support ships.  Just exiting the long narrow Jacksonville harbor channel we notice one of these aircraft carriers looming large on our stern cruising a lot faster than Bravo's capabilities.  Nora is at the helm when the radio call comes, "US warship calling motor vessel Bravo"...  Yikes!  That's us!  So, Nora radioes back acknowledging them and asks if they wanted us to stand down.  They reply back, "Yes", and provide their course heading.  We turn to port to stand down and stay out of their…

North Florida and New Crew

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November 22, 2017
New Crew
Our friends, Chet and Lynette join us at Fort George Island Marina in Jacksonville, Florida. The original plan is for them to be on board as we continue the journey south through the ICW.  However, poor weather and uncooperative tides/currents cause another change in plans. We decide to wait out the weather and have fun exploring nearby Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Fort George Island, Amelia Island, and Fernandina Beach.

Fort George Island
We spend a day exploring two historic sites on Fort George Island, one of the chain of coastal sea islands reaching from South Carolina to Florida.



Kingsley Plantation
This large national park is one of the few preserved plantations in the state of Florida.  Initially founded in the late 1700’s, and maintained by slave labor, this 1,000-acre plantation grew sea island cotton, indigo, and sugar cane.  Remaining buildings include the main house, kitchen house, barns, and slave cabins.  The main house looks out over the water…